Soldiers must complete Blended Retirement System training by Dec. 31

Starting Jan. 1, 2018, active duty service members with fewer than 12 years of service as of Dec. 31, 2017, and those Reserve component service members with less than 4,320 points will have until Dec. 31, 2018 to decide to remain in the current system or opt into the Blended Retirement System.

The mandatory training is available via the Joint Knowledge On-line at http://jko.jten.mil/courses/ BRS/.html] and ArmyOneSource, at http://www.militaryone source.mil/, websites to assist eligible Soldiers with the decision to either opt-in or continue with a legacy retirement system.

It is mandatory for all Soldiers to complete this training no later than Dec. 31, 2017. The training includes videos, glossaries and example scenarios that explain the new retirement benefits and provide comparisons of the current and new systems.

Ultimately, Army leadership desires that all Soldiers receive the right compensation and benefits – whether wearing the uniform during military service, in retirement or following any period of honorable service. Make the time to complete the required training and decide which retirement plan works best for you and your Family.

For more about the Blended Retirement System, visit http://militarypay. defense.gov/Blended Retirement/.

By Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, Sergeant Major of the Army